This is the drive entering the family property where generations lived, met, fell in love, married, raised children and made my family history.
I think I mentioned somewhere that I am working on improving my understanding of and skills in the use of Microsoft Access. This project will only succeed if I can gather, organize and preserve all the photos and documents I have inherited and add to it the research I am doing to fill in the blank spots. The amount of data is too large for simple lists and cross-referencing by hand or in my head. MS Access is a relational database program. I know that ought to make total sense to me but I am a linear rather than global thinker. That is probably why I love, understand and feel comfortable with Excel spreadsheets. The term 'relational database' makes me break out in a nervous sweat. I have been watching free instructional videos online and I think that light has finally dawned; at least the jargon begins to make sense. I get it. Yes, I am proud of myself for being able to stretch and reshape my brain but I am also relying on help from a professional. A member of my writing group who does databases for a living will boost me over the rough spots as I set out to design my database. Thank you! I am sure he will have to explain many times why I can't make it do all the things I imagine it should be able to do. This project gave me an opportunity to break out a fresh new composition book (grey this time) to outline the basis and structure for the database and to collect the questions that buzz in my head. More about composition books later (I am addicted and since I can get them for .50 to $1 each it is an addiction I don't bother to fight).
Author: Harriet Monroe
With this history in the form of a timeline I hope to explore my own family history and get to know my ancestors.